Doctoral Student, Erin Ferguson, receives NIH Fellowship

Erin Ferguson, MS has received funding for an NIH F31 Kirschstein Individual Research Fellowship Diversity award for her dissertation research entitled “Impact of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness on Demand for Alcohol and Marijuana among Co-Users.”

Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the overall goal of the proposed project is to advance knowledge about pain as a determinant of substance use, particularly alcohol and marijuana use. The primary study aims are to: 1) determine the effect of experimentally induced musculoskeletal pain on demand for alcohol and marijuana and 2) characterize this association by examining relevant psychosocial variables. Results of this study may improve understanding of the causal relationship between pain and alcohol and marijuana use and inform interventions to reduce risk of substance use disorders, particularly among pain patients.

Erin Ferguson
Erin Ferguson, M.S.